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June 2021
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Sketches of Faith: An introduction to characters from Christian history

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It comprises 33 short overviews of the lives of believers throughout history who were dedicated to serving God by spreading the gospel at home and abroad. For me it was a memory jogger, bringing back salient particulars of renowned servants of God. Beginning with the Apostle Paul, it then…

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June 2021
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Marriages Are Made in Heaven

Are marriages really made in heaven? What about the many couples who ask for pastoral advice, saying they married the wrong person? If they are Christians, they would probably agree that marriage is made in heaven. But they wouldn’t accept the more specific assertion of this book’s title: they feel quite sure that theirs…

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June 2021
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What a Comeback! Life starts again at Easter

This evangelistic publication comes in an optimal size to give to a non-Christian. Having 32 spine-bound pages, it’s more substantial than a leaflet – and thus less likely to be thrown away thoughtlessly – yet not so large as to put them off reading it. In a friendly, conversational manner, Phil Heaps presents a…

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June 2021
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The Wholesome Doctrine of the Gospel: Faith and love in the writings of William Perkins

William Perkins is the most influential Puritan writer you’ve never heard of! This book serves as an introduction to his works by opening up his view of the doctrine of the gospel. Perkins does this by pointing to things to be believed (i.e. faith) in 21 chapters, and things to be practised (i.e. love)…

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June 2021
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Systematic Theology

This tome could be considered Robert Letham’s magnum opus, and will undoubtedly enrich the theology and ministry of the church for years to come. The most striking feature is the accessibility of the writing style – something not easy to achieve for this kind of book. It is free-flowing, easy to read and highly…

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June 2021
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The Great Transformation: The sanctification and glorification of the believer

This book started life as eight of the author’s sermons, and throughout it, God’s spotlight is turned onto one’s soul. Having appreciated many of Maurice Roberts’s previous books, I was not surprised by this. I found that The Great Transformation was reading me every time I turned to a fresh chapter. Thoughtful engagement with…

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June 2021
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The unequal yoke

We received sad news from a missionary friend recently. For many years, Don & Marianne (not their real names) have worked in a Muslim country. Slowly they have built up a little fellowship of believers, all converted from Muslim backgrounds. None of those young Christians have found it easy. Some have faced harassment from…

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June 2021
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Unwrapped: The Enemy

Editor’s note: Before his recent death, John had kindly agreed to ET reproducing this edited and slightly abridged chapter from his book Unwrapped! It is our pleasure to honour him by going ahead with this article, and we anticipate publishing a tribute to him in our next edition. God has delivered Christians from ‘the…

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June 2021
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Adjusting to the old normal

Coronavirus has changed church life dramatically. Services and activities have been reconfigured, moved online, or stopped altogether. And being creatures of habit, we could easily start to feel comfortable with this ‘new normal’, and continue with it unthinkingly, long after the pandemic is over. So we need to examine these changes in the light…

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June 2021
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God means it for good

The Bible tells us that God controls everything in our lives and in our world. The problem is, however, that our lives and our world often seem so out of control. We all have a year full of examples of that, don’t we? One of the most helpful places in Scripture to give us…

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News

June 2021
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Ban on ‘conversion therapy’ confirmed in Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech – which sets out the government’s agenda for the coming parliamentary session – has confirmed there will be a consultation to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’. LGBT campaigners want to completely outlaw any attempt to stop people expressing their sexual orientation or transgender identity. They want certain religious practices to be banned,…

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June 2021
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School reports chaplain to anti-terrorism unit for sermon telling children they can disagree with the LGBT agenda

A school chaplain was reported to the government’s anti-terrorism unit because he delivered a sermon telling children they were allowed to disagree with the LGBT agenda. Revd Dr Bernard Randall, 48, was also sacked from his job and reported to the local authority as a potential danger to children. He is taking Nottinghamshire’s Trent…

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June 2021
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Street preacher, 71, arrested by police under public order laws

The arrest of a 71-year-old street preacher in May has been met with widespread criticism for the way in which the police handled the situation and went beyond their statutory powers. According to reports, Pastor John Sherwood was standing on stepladders preaching in the open air when he was pulled away by police officers,…

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June 2021
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CI says it will mount legal challenge over ban on ‘wrong kind of prayer’

The Christian Institute has told the government it will take legal action if the proposed conversion therapy ban outlaws the ‘wrong kind of prayer’. As outlined in the front-page story of this issue, the Queen’s Speech confirmed that Boris Johnson’s government will bring forward measures to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’. But in a legal…

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June 2021
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Down’s syndrome case to hit High Court

High-profile disability campaigner Heidi Crowter is set to go to court to challenge the law on abortion as it relates to Down’s syndrome. A hearing is due to begin on 6 July examining the law which allows abortion up to birth for babies with Down’s and other disabilities. Crowter, aged 25, and her fellow…

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June 2021
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Affinity conference looks at ‘aspects of eschatology’

Affinity – a network of conservative evangelical churches – held its biannual conference in March on the theme ‘The Undiscovered Country – aspects of biblical eschatology’. Paper 1 was by Rupert Bentley-Taylor, who surveyed New Testament teaching on our ‘hope’. His talk was a warm-hearted appeal and rooted in biblical exposition. He stressed that…

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June 2021
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Christian Worship Birmingham Conference 2021 held online

The Birmingham Conference, organised by The Christian Worship Publishing Trust, took place online in March. Pastor Ibrahim Ag Mohammed (Metropolitan Tabernacle) ably opened up the Epistle to the Hebrews, giving us a soul-refreshing picture of Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency. Written at the time of Roman Emperor Nero (when some believers were losing heart), Hebrews…

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June 2021
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Romanian Ministries takes on the work of Support for Romania

This year sees Support for Romania pass its ministry to another charity after thirty years of front-line Christian service. Founder Alan Penrose first crossed the Romanian border at the wheel of an aid lorry three weeks after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Widespread support for a flourishing ministry followed. Photos of Support for Romania aid…

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June 2021
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Outdoor baptisms in County Dublin bring joy during a time of pandemic

‘They that gladly received his word were baptised’ (Acts 2:41). In the providence of God, 4 April was a beautiful day in south County Dublin. Seven miles to the south of Dublin city centre is Dún Laoghaire, a small coastal town. Just after the Sunday morning service at Arann Reformed Baptist Church (we have…

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June 2021
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Obituary: Peter Parkinson (1945-2021)

On Saturday, 10 April, after a long battle with ill health, Revd Peter Parkinson went to be with his Lord and Saviour. Peter was brought up in a loving Christian home, and from an early age came to see what sacrificial Christian living looked like through his parents. Peter felt called to ministry at…

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June 2021
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We’ve been weaponised, says Fletcher victim group

Seven people who say they were abused by Jonathan Fletcher have claimed they ‘are being weaponised for somebody else’s agenda’. A recent report detailed some of the abuse committed by Jonathan Fletcher while he was leader of Emmanuel Church Wimbledon. But a separate statement issued by an Independent Advisory Group (IAG) launched a broader…

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June 2021
News > International

Finland: MP faces jail over Bible verses tweet

A Finnish politician is facing two years of jail time for so-called ‘hate speech’, after the prosecutor general brought three criminal charges against her. As reported in previous editions of ET, former minister of the interior Päivi Räsänen has been under investigation ever since 2019 when she objected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s decision…

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June 2021
News > International

India: Call to pray over Covid crisis

Christian charities and organisations have called for prayer and much-needed supplies to help relieve millions of people suffering as a result of Covid-19’s rampage in India. According to the Disasters Emergency Committee, there were more than 2.7 million new cases in just one week in May, with more than a quarter of a million…

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June 2021
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China: Christians could face ‘re-education’ camps

Christians in China may find persecution stepping up a pace, with reports warning that they could find themselves in ‘re-education camps’. Press reports have cited ‘ever-growing evidence of the deteriorating treatment of religious groups in China’, highlighting the treatment of the Uyghur Muslims, who have been taken to camps in Xinjiang, as an example…

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June 2021
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Germany: Town bans street prayer outside abortion clinic

A pro-life group in Germany has been banned from gathering to pray, even in silence, near the centre of town where an abortion clinic stands. The ‘40 Days for Life’ group were banned from standing to pray or protest in Pforzheim in 2019, and have taken their case to the courts, stating they have…

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June 2021
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Ireland: Church lockdown ends, but politician calls for ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Churches in the Republic of Ireland have been allowed to restart in-person worship services. Church services were permitted to resume on 10 May after a blanket ban lasting almost a year. While church worship was banned, commercial public venues such as dry cleaners and off-licenses were allowed to open with safety measures in place.…

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June 2021
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Cry Freedom! – Part 3

Children, teenagers, young people – they look forward to being free. Of course they do and of course they should; this is one of the healthiest and most natural things in the world. The idea of breaking loose from parental control, to be able to go where I want, when I want, with whomever…

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June 2021
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Alfred the Great

Winston Churchill described him as ‘the greatest Englishman ever’. He was a warrior, a king, a social reformer, and a champion for the cause of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. He is known simply as Alfred the Great, and his life affords lessons for Christians even today. In 850 AD, Alfred’s England was in a…

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June 2021
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Would Jesus have preached the Sermon on the Mount on YouTube?

The world has changed. Like it or not, Covid-19 has changed our world permanently; it will never be the same again. The pandemic of 2020 and 2021 has revealed much about our society and our world, and such revelations have led to major changes, many of which will remain, whatever we think of them…

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June 2021
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Iran: Four Christian converts arrested by intelligence services

Four Christians in Iran who converted from Islam have been arrested by the Iranian intelligence services, according to reports. One of the men was beaten, and others were physically assaulted while in a detention facility. The four men – Esmaeil Narimanpour, Mohammad Ali Torabi, Alireza Varak-Shah and Hojat Lotfi-Khalaf – were later released. Following…

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June 2021
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Blessed are those who are persecuted

Sometimes a series of events come together at the same time to shine a light on a serious problem. A chaplain fired and accused of being a terrorist, a street preacher unceremoniously arrested, and a consultation on whether aspects of preaching, praying, and pastoral counselling should be illegal. The common theme? Daring to stand…

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June 2021
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A walk with Mr O (3) Making Bible reading fruitful

Mr O, I’ve taken on board what you said about Bible reading being no substitute for church. Nonetheless you said that we could talk about ‘how our personal reading of God’s Word can be more fruitful’. Yes, I remember. Reading God’s Word for ourselves is a marvellous privilege. But I am going to stress…

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June 2021
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John Newton & Newton House, Oxford

John Newton: a life to emulate In many respects, John Newton (1725–1807) was a quintessential 18th-century evangelical. The Anglican pastor-theologian was committed to a moderate Calvinism, Christocentric piety, conversionist preaching, and a generous catholicity, all of which were typical of the evangelical movement in the latter half of the 18th century, a movement that…

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June 2021
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Westminster MPs give new abortion powers to Secretary of State

MPs in Westminster have given the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland sweeping new powers to expand abortion provision across the province. The move has been sharply criticised as a ‘destructive’ and ‘serious’ blow to the devolved government at Stormont. A legal challenge against the decision has been launched, with Northern Ireland’s former Attorney…

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